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About Catholic Charismatic Renewal

As of 2003, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal exists in over 230 countries in the world, with over 119 million members. Participants in the Renewal also cooperate with non-Catholic Christians and other Catholics in providing a common witness for evangelization, as encouraged by the Catholic Church.

The Charismatic element of the Church is still as evident today as it was in the early days of Christianity. Some Catholic Charismatic communities conduct healing services, gospel power services, outreaches and evangelizations where the presence of the Holy Spirit is felt, and healings and miracles take place. The mission of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is to educate believers into the totality of the declaration of the gospels. This is done by a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; a one-to-one relationship with Jesus is seen as a possibility by the Charismatic. He is encouraged to talk to Jesus directly and search for what The Lord is saying so that his life will be one with Him; to walk in the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, this is what the Charismatic understands by giving his life to Jesus.

Conscience is seen as an alternative voice of Jesus Christ. The charisms identified in Saint Paul's writings, especially in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, and Ephesians 4:11-12, continue to exist and to build up the Church (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2003).

The nine charismatic gifts considered extraordinary in character include: 1)faith, 2)expression of knowledge and 3)wisdom, 4)miracles, the 5)gift of tongues and 6)their interpretation, 7)prophecy, 8)discernment of spirits and 9)healing. (1 Corinthians 12:8-10; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2003) These gifts are related to the traditional seven gifts of the Holy Spirit described in Isaiah 11:1-2: 1)wisdom, 2)understanding, 3)counsel, 4)fortitude, 5)knowledge, 6)piety, and 7)fear of the Lord, as listed in Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1831.

The nine charismatic gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 are also related to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Other references to charisms in the Catechism of the Catholic Church include Sections 688, 768, 799-801, 890, 951, 1508 (charism of healing) and 2035.